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    Scanable Topics - Take One

    Scanable Topics - Take One
    For a long time now, I've been a scanner. I find many things in my world, mainly printed, that I just have to keep for possible future use. So, I scan them and file them away. Granted, I am sort of a saver, hoarder if you will, but I always feel I will need these items at some point in the ...
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    I Have to Pick a Major -- Now What?

    I Have to Pick a Major -- Now What?
    Every time you're on break from school, someone hits you with that most common question asked of college students: "What's your major?" For months, you've been able to get away with responses like "I'm not sure," or "I'm keeping my options open." But now - thanks to your school's academic rules, your parents' incessant nagging or even your own impatience - ...
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    But where does the memory card go???

    But where does the memory card go???
    So in my Image Structure and Meaning class I needed to buy some new equipment. The prof kept mentioning some weird device called a “film camera”.. I was clueless, and frightened. [widget:9_steps_guide_art_benifits] Not really, but I’ll be completely honest, I’ve never so much as HELD a film camera before, I’ve been digital from the start. Initially I was a little scared, ...
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    What's Your Sign?

    What's Your Sign?
    What's Your Sign? Let's talk about logos. We all see them, and love many of them. What are the types of identifying marks out there and what are some tips to design them? Let me give you some thoughts. Logos Defined A logo is an identifying mark that communicates a great deal about a product, service, or organization. A logo has ...
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    The Masters of Graphic Design

    The Masters of Graphic Design
    I was thinking back at some of the iconic figures of graphic design through the years. Our design team has been involved in researching some the past styles of design for a huge project we landed. So, naturally, we went to some of these figures to brush-up on what their styles were and what they have done. I have chosen 3 ...
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    Let's Talk Type

    Let's Talk Type
    As designers, we all do it. When we put on our typographer "hat", we need to establish the current typeface or two that we're going to use in any particular document. I really love doing this part of the job. It can be a fun, and creative, way to research your font suitcase to find just the right one to effectively ...
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    A Checklist for Tough Times

    A Checklist for Tough Times
    We all know that the business environment is tough right now. Consumers aren't spending money, and our clients aren't either. We may have some ongoing services we're providing, like site maintenance, but what can we do to keep some business coming in and save ourselves some income - and worry lines? h2. Be Grateful for What You've Got In these times, ...
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    Choosing the Right School

    Choosing the Right School
    You've taken all the tests and made the grades, and now it's the moment of truth—deciding where to go to school! With so many schools to choose from, it could take forever to find the perfect one for you. Non-federal financial assistance programs and requirements often vary from school to school. Always check with your school before applying for financial aid. ...
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    The Perils of Teaching

    A student recently asked me my opinion on a fellow teacher I don’t personally know anything about, so I told her that while I couldn’t really help, it might be worth her while to check out a site like ratemyprofessors.com or myspace’s similar feature. The student looked at me like she was the cat that ate the canary, like I knew ...
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    What Type is Your Type?

    What Type is Your Type?
    Many times, in our designing lives, we come across making the decision about the typeface(s) we need to use to put our copy to effective use. Sometimes this entails using a simple, tried-and-true serif face. Other times, we need to use a sans serif. Still, there are those times when only a display face will do - especially for headlines. With ...
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    I am Officially a Photography Student.

    I am Officially a Photography Student.
    Life of a starving artist, here I come. Went to pick up my portfolio yesterday, and inside was an acceptance letter to the Design Studies -Photography program at Grant MacEwan. I’m pretty excited, and can’t think of anything cooler than “So tonight, your homework is to take some pictures of something”. The first year is just a Design Foundations Certificate program, ...
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    Gimme a Break!

    Gimme a Break!
    This is the time of year when students of all types have winter break. It's a nice and well-deserved reprieve from the papers, projects, and other studies of the school year. I haven't been a student in a while, but I still remember the anticipation for the break and the relief when it finally came. During the time off, it is ...
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    Whence Do We Work?

    Whence Do We Work?
    As designers, many times we have the luxury of being able to work virtually anywhere. We can sit outside in the park and sketch, we can take our laptop to the hot-spot cafe and tweak our images, or we can even work in the office with our iPod on for inspiration. When's the best time and place in which to do ...
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    Lay it Out

    Lay it Out
    As graphic designers, many of the projects we work with are the layouts of type and image. These projects are mainly done for the printed or electronic page. There are many ways to tackle this type of project, but there are 3 main factors to bear in mind - Emphasis, Unity, and Balance. Emphasis is the focal point that you desire ...
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    Design Books Can Get Old Real Quick

    Design Books Can Get Old Real Quick
    I was looking through some of my old textbooks that I used at the onset of the new Millenium and had a chuckle on how old and outdated much of the information already is. We've come a long way in the areas of the Internet. We've also had many changes in the software and other applications in how we design. h2. ...
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    Artist By Birth, Designer By Choice: Resolutions 2009

      Artist By Birth, Designer By Choice: Resolutions 2009
    A list of the goals I have set for myself in this brand new year, 2009. 1. Push myself over the limits. Break & bend the rules. Be fearless. 2. Do more than just exist with my art. Inspire. Be inspired. 3. Get out of the comfort zone with my art. Experimentation. Trial & Error. 4. See the beauty in things ...
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    Five Points Illustrators Must Know for Art School

    Five Points Illustrators Must Know for Art School
    *1. Formal education is necessary.* Most people might think that art can be easily self-taught, and that any good hobbyist has a good shot at becoming a successful illustrator. The truth is, learning to draw and paint is one of the most challenging and frustrating tasks a person can take on, and having experienced instructors can ease and speed-up the process ...
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    Better Learning Through Art

    Boston, MA-Paintings Talk. Photographs speak of moments. To help students hear all this art, the National Endowment for the Humanities has created a new program that sends high-quality reproductions of 40 works of great American art to schools and libraries. Picturing America includes famous paintings, such as Emanuel Leutze's 1851 "Washington Crossing the Delaware," and photographs, including Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother ...
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    Have No Fear

    Have No Fear
    Remember how in my last entry I was oh so intimidated and pretty much exposed a lack of confidence to the world? Ladies and gentlemen, those feelings of fear have surrendered and bowed down to me! I am enjoying every single minute of my class, both in class and outside of it. I have become so obsessed with photography now and ...
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    The Process of Teaching Process: Part 2 of 2

    The Process of Teaching Process: Part 2 of 2
    In my last post I wrote about the importance of teaching design as a process, rather than an outcome. I touched on some of the core principles and considerations of my teaching process, including workload, assignment structure, and the importance of exploring new (i.e. unfamiliar) media. 4. First There Was the Word Each of my assignments begins with writing. Designers are ...
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